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Water supply is a natural monopoly where options for competition are limited. However, it is possible to compare the
performance of various operators as a driver for improved levels of service and efficiency. The decentralized urban water
supply sector in the Lao PDR presents an ideal opportunity for comparative competition to be employed. The Water Supply
Authority (WASA), the sector regulator, has initiated a comparative competition process whereby the performance of the 18
state owned enterprises are compared and published. The first performance report of 2002 highlighted many weaknesses
and indications are that most operators have strived to improve their position for the 2003 report.